Charlotte Mason suggested that children use a Book of Centuries, which is a timeline in a notebook. A timeline is a wonderful way to see history and its connections across all subjects. You can use our free or printed version with all three programs of study. Here's how!
Book of Centuries
First, you will need a Book of Centuries for each of your children in grades 1 to 12. You do not need one each year, as your child will use this as an ongoing record through the school years. If your children are very young, consider using one family timeline.
Step 1: Read & Record
When you read a lesson from a living book, you will encounter important people, places, and events from history. Ask students to write this down in their timeline. They will soon start making historical connections across all three programs of study:
For example, in the Ancient Age, you will see connections between Moses (from Bible Stories) and Pharoah (from History Stories) and Tomb Paintings (from Art Study).
Step 2: Draw Maps
Next, you will see connections with geography. When you encounter stories about Moses and the Israelites exiting Egypt, ask your children to complete mapwork on Egypt and their trip through the wilderness. Students will begin to piece together our world and where these events took place. Map Study is not dry when it comes from real history stories.
Step 3: Add Sketches & Notes
Finally, your child might want to learn more about a certain event. Perhaps, he or she loves learning about the Pyramids in Egypt. You can let them dig-in and read more, then record their own personal discoveries in the sketches & notes section.
Some resources for further study:
In addition to each child's Book of Centuries, you may wish to have a copy of your own. As a parent, you will enjoy seeing history comes to life through the wonderful living books.
Renee Metzler holds a degree in Secondary Ed, English from Bloomsburg University of PA. She is a homeschool mom of 4 children and is loves to share her joy of lesson planning and curriculum.
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